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Five Science 'Facts' Taught At School That Are Just Plain Wrong

Let’s start with a quiz: How many senses do you have? Which of the following are magnetic: a tomato, you, paperclips? What are the primary colours of pigments and paints? What region of the tongue is responsible for sensing bitter tastes? What are the states of matter?


The Truths Behind Eight Common Old Wives' Tales

Whether from friends, family or random Faceboom posts, you’ve probably heard things that sound either too good to be true, or like complete bull crap. Here is a collection of some of the most popular old wives’ tales that go both ways.


What You Really Need To Know About Ebola

Ebola may be spreading, but rumours about Ebola are spreading even faster. Wired runs down everything you really need to know about the virus.


Eight Common Sleep Myths That Can Affect Your Slumber

You probably know that you don’t really eat eight spiders every year in your sleep, but did you know that there are several other sleep fallacies floating around that could be affecting your slumber?


Five Computer Security Myths, Debunked By Experts

Some computer security myths and stories that keep getting passed around, even though they’re clearly not true. We sat down with computer security experts to separate fact from fiction.


Five Myths About Chemicals You Should Stop Believing

All too often the use of the word “chemicals” in the news, in advertising and in common usage has the implication that they are bad. You never hear about chemicals that fight infections, help crops grow or lubricate engines. That is because the chemicals doing that job are called antibiotics, fertilisers and engine oil, respectively.


10 Health Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked By Science

Everything makes you fat! Gluten-free food is the key to eternal youth! You need to poop 10 times a day or you’ll die! You’ll find tons of equally ridiculous health claims around the internet, and you’ll actually believe some of them. Today we’re taking a look at 10 common myths and uncovering the truth.


Five Survival Skills Movies Taught You Wrongly

CPR will save someone’s life in a matter of seconds. Tilt your head back and look at the clouds to stop a nosebleed. If an animal spots you in the wilderness it will chase you relentlessly and maul you. Movies are great at telling stories, but they’re horrible at teaching basic survival skills. Here are five of the ways they’ve led us astray.


Common Tech Myths That Cost You Money

Ever scoff at someone for buying refurbished? Or found yourself spending $50 on an HDMI cable? We all hear (and spread) tech myths, but in some cases those myths end up costing you a lot of money. It’s time to debunk the myths that drain your hard-earned cash from your wallet.


Instant Noodles Are Not Killing You With Wax

A friend tried to warn me off eating instant noodles recently. “They have wax added and it can build up and give you cancer,” he claimed earnestly. That sounded like highly dubious internet folklore, and it didn’t take much research to confirm that.